A BROKE mum became a millionaire after coming up with her own baby mat idea while on maternity leave - starting a company now worth £3m (US$4m). Mum-of-two Alana Hands, 41, saw a need for nicer looking, and safer, foam play mats for her kids after spending $300 (£169/US$240) on a "very ugly" design which led to her son's injury. When her first child Chloe was born in 2013, she purchased the pricey foam mat with pull-out letters which she also used three years later for her second baby, Rupurt. But Alana, from Brisbane, Australia, said she'd turned away for a minute and in that time he'd "pulled he puzzle pieces apart", fell forward and hurt his head. That's when she got the idea to create her own, and within just 30 minutes of launching a website she'd sold her first one - which led her to rake in over $200k (£113K/US$160k) in the first year alone. Alana told her story to Kidspot: “Rupert was six months old, trying to crawl on our ABC playmat and he’d pulled the … [Read more...] about I was a broke new mum when I came up with a genius baby mat idea – now my company is worth £3m
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A 19-year-old who taught himself how to trade stocks after watching videos on YouTube says he has now turned his original £200 investment into a portfolio worth more than £200,000 in under a year. The stock market feels more accessible than ever to those on the outside, with information shared freely on social media and recent mainstream interest sparked by a Reddit movement that inflated the stock price of GameStop to fight back against wealthy hedge funds. But Adam Mlamali hasn't simply jumped on a trend hoping to make quick money by copying others; instead he's managed to reach a level of success few achieve through his own in-depth analysis and investing in causes he truly believes in. While still at school in Milton Keynes and studying for A-Levels in business studies and computer science, Adam set up an online store selling jewellery as his first business venture, and its success gave him confidence to explore other opportunities. Videos on YouTube breaking down the stock … [Read more...] about ‘I taught myself to trade stocks and now I’ve turned £200 into £200,000 at 19 years old’
THE rumour mill is gathering pace with the Budget just days away. Chancellor Rishi Sunak is believed to be plotting a pensions raid and business tax hike alongside more support for workers and struggling families. The Budget will be held on Wednesday March 3. The Chancellor takes centre-stage as he outlines the government's plans for tax hikes, cuts and things like changes to Universal Credit and the minimum wage. It is due to take place at around 12.30pm, once Prime Minster's questions ends in the House of Commons. The update is likely to focus on the economic fallout from the coronavirus crisis. What is the Budget? THE Budget is when the government outlines its plans for tax hikes, cuts and things like changes to the minimum wage. It's different to the Spending Review , which sets out how much public cash will go towards funding certain departments, devolved government's and services, such as the NHS. The Budget is read out in the House of Commons … [Read more...] about Budget 2021 predictions including furlough and universal credit extension
PROPERTY show A Place In The Sun has become a daytime TV obsession for more than a million of us in lockdown. But it’s not just gorgeous blue skies and seaside views that attract viewers , the presenters have become real favourites. Today, Laura Hamilton , Jasmine Harman and Scarlette Douglas lift the lid on viewers’ weird, wonderful or just plain unwanted messages to the Channel 4 series hosts. Scarlette, 33, who joined the show in 2015, told The Sun: “I get sent d*** pics on a regular basis, which is pretty disgusting. “I’ve probably had three or four — definitely three or four more than I’d like. “It’s more the weird comments I get on my Instagram, it’s creepy.” Her 45-year-old co-star Jasmine, who this week celebrates 17 years on the show, said: “There is one person on Instagram who constantly asks me if I’ll get gunged in jeans. “It has to be in jeans, I don’t know why. That’s pretty harmless. “There’s another who has said, ‘Please let me see … [Read more...] about From wild parties to weird fans, the secrets of the stars of A Place In The Sun
If there was a year when we all started "googling" and a year we all started "facebooking" and "tweeting," then 2020 was the year we all started "zooming." It's not like the company behind Zoom — a US-based videoconferencing platform — invented visual chatting via the internet. Google didn't invent search engines and Facebook didn't invent social blogging, either (or hate speech for that matter). But there's always one that takes off, and that company's name invariably becomes a generic term by which we all do that thing. It's a moment at which we know that that thing has become ubiquitous, socially relevant, and of interest to science. So, we zoom, no matter whether we're on Skype, WhatsApp, Signal, FaceTime, Whereby, Webex, Teams, Moodle, BigBlueButton, WeChat, Telegram, Viber, Slack, Wickr — to name a few in a plethora of contenders, lest we be accused of bias. All videoconferencing platforms have one thing in common, say researchers at Stanford University's Virtual Human … [Read more...] about COVID: Tired of endless videoconferencing?